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Frank Winfield ANDERSON





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 3
Date of murder: August 13, 1996
Date of birth: April 4, 1948 

Victims profile: Leta Kagen, 39; Robert Delahunt, 15, and Roland Wear, 50

Method of murder: Beating with a rock - Shooting
Location: Mohave County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death June 2, 1998

Arizona Supreme Court

opinion CR-02-0402-AP

Date of Birth: April 4, 1948
Defendant: Caucasian
Victims: Caucasian

Leta Kagen (39), Leta's 15-year-old son, Robert Delahunt, Roland Wear (50), and Bobby Poyson (21) lived in a remote area of Mohave County.

On August 13, 1996, Frank Anderson (48) and Kimberly Lane (15) had been hitchhiking in the area, and Leta agreed to let Anderson and Lane spend the night.

Anderson, Poyson, and Lane decided to kill Leta, Robert, and Roland, and steal Roland's truck and other property.

Lane enticed Robert into a travel trailer on the property, where Anderson cut Robert's throat nearly from ear to ear with a bread knife.

Anderson held the struggling boy down, and then assisted Poyson in driving the bread knife through Robert's ear, and out his mouth. Poyson finally ended Robert's struggling by crushing his skull with a rock.

Three to four hours later, after eating dinner, Anderson and Poyson entered Leta's mobile home, and Poyson killed her by shooting her in her head with a rifle, as Anderson held a lantern for light.

Roland awoke, and Poyson shot him in his mouth. Poyson then hit Roland with the rifle stock, and Anderson hit him with the lantern. Roland and Poyson struggled out into the yard, where Anderson gave Poyson a cinder block, which Poyson used to bludgeon Roland to death.


    Presiding Judge: Honorable James E. Chavez
    Prosecutor: James J. Zack
    Start of Trial: January 12, 1998
    Verdict:  January 21, 1998
    Sentencing: June 2, 1998

Aggravating Circumstances:

    Pecuniary Gain (All three victims)
    Multiple Homicides (All three victims)
    Especially Cruel (Robert and Roland)

Mitigating Circumstances:

    Post-incarceration religious/moral beliefs
    Post-incarceration good behavior
    Eventual cooperation with law enforcement


Frank W. Anderson



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